Kind readers, have a nice day.The boxing It is without a doubt the sports discipline that has given the public the most satisfaction. Mexican. In t
Kind readers, have a nice day.
The boxing It is without a doubt the sports discipline that has given the public the most satisfaction. Mexican.
In the Olympic Games, Mexican boxers have obtained a total of 13 medals (2 gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze). At the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, competitor Francisco Cabañas became the first Olympic medalist Mexican in boxing by obtaining the silver medal in the flyweight category. In Berlin 1936, Fidel Ortiz won the bronze medal in the bantamweight category. It was not until 1964 when another medal was achieved, this time the winner was Juan Fabila who obtained bronze in the bantamweight category.
When Mexico was the host country in the 1968 games, the harvest of medals was more abundant in general and the discipline with the greatest contribution was also the boxing. Ricardo Delgado and Antonio Roldán won gold medals in flyweight and featherweight, respectively. Joaquín Rocha and Agustín Zaragoza won the bronze medal in full weight and bantamweight, respectively.
During the Munich 1972 competitions, the only medal won by the Mexican delegation was in boxing. In the bantamweight category, Alfonso Zamora won the silver medal. In Montreal 1976 Juan Paredes won a bronze medal in the featherweight category.
In the 1980s, the harvest of Olympic medals consisted of silver in Los Angeles 1984 won by Héctor López in the bantamweight category and bronze in Seoul 1988 in flyweight won by Mario González. It would not be until the Sydney 2000 games when Christian Bejarano would get bronze in lightweight and finally in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 games Misael Rodríguez got the bronze in the 75-kilogram category.
In the professional branch, the achievements have obviously been much more numerous (since the competition is continuous and not every four years as in the Olympics). A few decades ago, there were two international organizations that recognized world champions: the World Council of Boxing (CMB or WBC in English) and the World Association of Boxing (AMB or WBA in English). Subsequently, the International Federation of Boxing and the World Organization for Boxingwith which the number of recognized champions and athletes ranked among the best in the world multiplied.
In an interview that I had the opportunity to read some time ago, Alfonso Zamora mentions that when he returned from the 1972 Munich games he went to see the president of Mexico at the time, Luis Echeverría, to whom he offered the medal obtained as a gift. The former champion narrates that the then president took the medal, observed it and returned it to the boxer, commenting that he was the one who should keep it. A few days later a late-model sports car was taken to the boxer’s home. Some time later, the car ended up undone in an accident from which Zamora luckily emerged unharmed.
Alfonso Zamora began a brilliant professional career in which he linked an impressive number of victories by way of “knock out” and for those rare things in life, at that same time there was another boxer Mexican in the same bantamweight with a record in which there were also many wins by the short route: Carlos Zárate.
The so-called “fight of the Z’s” was cooking and the result was favorable for Zárate. By the way, at the end of the fight, Zamora’s father attacked Zárate’s manager in the ring and who at one time had also been Zamora’s: Arturo “whose” Hernández.
Some years later, Zárate tried to conquer the super bantamweight title held by Puerto Rican Wilfredo Gómez but a few days before the fight he fell ill and when the fight took place he looked noticeably worse. And the worst. During the fight, Gómez knocked Zárate down and hit him when he was already down. There are bad losers and also bad winners. Gómez could be classified among the latter. A vast majority of the Mexican fans wanted to see Gómez defeated one day.
It was until August 21, 1981, exactly 41 years ago, when Salvador “Sal” Sánchez confronted Gómez and gave him an unforgettable beating. The facilities available today in the areas of communications and computing allow us to revive those moments.
Unfortunately, on the 12th of the following August, Sal Sánchez would tragically lose his life in a car accident. He did not have the same luck as Zamora.
At the time of his death, Sánchez had a record of 44 wins (32 by KO, that is, 72.7% of his wins were on the fast track), 1 loss and 1 draw.
And this leads me to a question: who has been the boxer Mexican with the best knockout winning percentage?
Saúl Álvarez accumulates 39 of his 57 wins by KO (68.4%). Julio César Chávez had 87 of his 107 wins by KO (81.3%). Rubén Olivares got 78 of his 89 wins by KO (87.6%). Carlos Zárate achieved 63 of his 66 victories by KO (95.4%). Alfonso Zamora obtained 32 of his 33 wins by KO (96.9%).
But the best percentage is unbeatable. Jorge Kahwagi got 12 knock outs in 12 fights (100%). And apparently none of the fights made it to the third round. Amazing.
I have a few other things I would like to tell you about, but that will be next time.
Have an excellent week.